Hurricane Sandy Poised to Hit Washington, D.C., Carolinas, New York, Boston
Residents on the East Coast are bracing for what could be a very intense hurricane. According to Weather.com, Hurricane Sandy is a growing threat that will likely hit some portion of the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic coast between Sunday and Tuesday.
The exact timing, location and magnitude of the worst impacts are unclear, since Hurricanes are known to change direction as they intensify. But the storm will likely affect a large area, including Wilmington, Charleston, Washington, D.C., New York and even Boston. Residents from New England to New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia should all prepare for the Hurricane to make landfall. Significant impacts could potentially begin as early as Sunday and continue into Monday and Tuesday.
Hurricane Sandy could result in destructive winds, heavy rain, major coastal flooding, beach erosion, power outages and fallen trees. Given the season, many trees around the region still have their leaves, making them more likely to fall.
What should you do to prepare for a Hurricane? It may sound old-fashioned, but you should invest in a radio with batteries so that you can stay connected if cell phone towers and power lines come down. Your disaster supply kit should also include a flashlight, extra batteries, water, disinfectant, soap, feminine supplies, toilet paper, plastic garbage bags, bleach, a plastic bucket with a tight lid, blankets, clothing, food and more. You can also take steps to make sure your home is prepared to withstand a Hurricane.
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